Design and Directing Fellowships

Interested graduate design students should submit a resume with reference contact information, and a brief cover letter via email to We will arrange for an interview as appropriate.

The 2018 directing fellowship has been filled.


07XX16 TracyChristensen CB 03Started in 2005, the Directing Fellowship provides a very valuable opportunity for early career directors to work side by side with experienced professionals and with future colleagues (young actors, directors, writers and designers). It also exposes emerging artists to the inner workings of an exceptional seasonal, professional company and conservatory.

In 2006, as a way to commit to emerging designers in the same way that we have always been committed to emerging actors, Chautauqua Theater Company instituted the Design Fellowship program as part of our Conservatory.

The fellowships provide a very valuable bridge between training and career, offering the opportunities for graduate level design students to both hone their skills working side by side with experienced professionals and to work with future colleagues (young actors, directors, writers and fellow designers).

What is entailed in a Design or Directing Fellowship?

071416 chelseamarcantel CB 02The Design Fellows serve first and foremost as Assistant Designer on all full productions. They also design both of our New Play Workshop signature readings (within the given constraints) giving them the opportunity to work closely with professional directors and playwrights in intensive one-week collaborations. Involvement in special projects and additional programming varies in each department. As CTC is a small but substantial operation, Fellows are also expected to provide additional skilled labor as needed within their departments. Fellows work under the supervision of both the artistic director and the production manager.

The Directing Fellow is first and foremost Assistant Director on two of the three full productions and one of the New Play Workshop signature readings in the season. They are expected to participate in all rehearsals, production meetings, and any attendant activities. They also direct (and help create) the end of season Late Night Cabaret, featuring the entire acting conservatory. Some responsibilities within the artistic office will also be required. Opportunities to participate in master classes with the acting conservatory are also available. Time for additional projects is very limited.

Is there a Stipend?

Yes. Like the conservatory actors, the design fellows receive scholarships from the Chautauqua Institution which cover the cost of housing (double occupancy residence hall) and board. Unlike the conservatory actors , the design fellows will also receive a stipend in recognition of their role as working members of our production team. The term of engagement is for nine weeks, with a staggered start by department.

Who should apply?

Applicants for the Design Fellowship program have generally been designers who are currently enrolled in graduate training programs. Those having recently completed their training, or at an equivalent stage in their artistic journey are also welcome to apply. In past seasons the positions have been filled by graduate students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama, The University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University and CalArts among others.

For the Directing Fellowship program, early career directors with a good amount of previous directing and/or assisting experience are encouraged to apply. Actors who are looking to transition into directing and interested in artistic direction are also welcome to apply. In the past, directing fellows have generally been of graduate school age but not necessarily enrolled in a directing program.


The acting conservatory began 30 years ago alongside CHQ’s first resident theater company. Founded by Michael Kahn, grown by Rebecca Guy and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba, the acting conservatory has emerged as the premiere summer training ensemble in the country.

What roles are available?

Everyone stays busy: we carefully choose the season and the composition of the Conservatory to ensure a challenging and well-rounded summer for everyone. You will be a part of the acting company and work side-by-side with fellow Conservatory members and guest artists on the full season. All Conservatory actors are in the final Shakespeare production. Most will be in at least one other production and/or staged reading.

What is the training?

Rehearsal and performance work is supported by highly focused, individual tutorials in voice, text and the Alexander technique. Throughout the summer, guest artists and faculty members offer Master Classes in an array of specialties including Games, Masks, Shakespeare and Yoga. Audition Workshops with leading casting directors from theater, television and film foster professional growth and connections.

What is a typical day?

Busy. Generally, there are Master Classes and/or tutorials in the morning between 9-12 and rehearsals from 1-5 in the afternoon and 6:30-10:30 in the evening. During tech and performance weeks the hours can be longer. As often as possible, Monday is the day off. Most Conservatory members will have a few lighter weeks when they are not in full time rehearsal in which to enjoy the many cultural, recreational and intellectual activities of the Institution. But again, did we mention you’d be busy?

Who should apply?

The acting conservatory is drawn from a wide pool of applicants, both those who have completed their formal training and those who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate training programs. Past Conservatory companies have run the gamut from undergraduates in their early 20's through graduate and post-graduates in their early 30's. Although exceptions are occasionally made, we ask that you be at least 20 years old at the time of the audition.

What if I'm Equity?

AEA members can obtain waivers if they are enrolled in a conservatory program or have just graduated from one. EMC points are also available.

All positions have been filled for the 2018 season.


Production Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for future production positions for its 2019 summer season. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in early/mid June, housing provided. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Administrative Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for future administrative positions, housing provided. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

2018 Internships

Chautauqua Theater Company is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer internship program. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in mid- June, housing and small stipend provided.

The CTC internship offers the opportunity for young theater artists and students to gain experience and resume credits while working alongside professionals in a community based artistic environment. Interns work under the guidance of master practitioners in producing every aspect of our season. Through job assignments, special events and company involvement, CTC interns will gain an understanding of the various aspects involved in working with a professional company and will be offered opportunities to utilize and develop their skills in the field.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and three references to Please indicate the internship you are applying for in the subject line.

All internships have been filled for the 2018 season. Please check back in November for next season's postings.

Acting Conservatory

Chautauqua Theater Company applications for General Auditions for the 2018 conservatory are now closed. 

Design and Directing Fellowships

Applicants for Design and Directing Fellowships should email cover letter, resume and three references to